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Phillips Hue people

Today, 02:54 AM

I'll try and keep this concise because I could write a pretty detailed essay on this topic after spending the last hour+ dicking around with it. If you have a Hue lighting bridge installed, you may find this useful for the health of your network.

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My Procurve switch has been throwing up non-critical errors at me for a while now, and because I'm bored I decided to finally see what it was complaining about.  

I was getting a wack ton of these errors emailed to me daily, for a while now.

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Now, because I'm lazy I didn't actually have a label on anything in my rack as for as what port is assigned to what device. (Tsk tsk) So, I SSH'd to my switch [http://www.chiark.gr.../download.html] , logged in, and ran the command 'show mac' to get the mac tables of all devices physically connected to the switch.

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I've cropped and blurred accordingly. :P  

With this information, we can head over to http://aruljohn.com/mac.pl and input the first characters of the MAC address to find out what exactly, this device is. Because I still have no idea at this point. To my surprise it's my Phillips Hue Bridge. Dafuq?

I swapped the cat 6 patch because I had some on hand, it's what HP suggested for troubleshooting 101 and was easy. When that was done, I watched the errors continue to roll on in. So obviously, that wasn't the issue. So I think to myself, It's probably constantly sending because I use geofencing features on my Hue, to turn on the lights <after it gets dark> and <when I'm getting close to home> and a ton of other IFTTT things. So it's not all that surprising to see a pretty constant data transmission.

So I log into my procurve GUI through IE, (Java, Java everywhere!) and turn on port monitoring for port 23, to see what exactly it's doing. Almost immediately, I'm greeted to a steady flow of these;

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Okay, that's totally not what it was complaining about before. I double check the port config and verify it's configured correctly. Which it was.

Digging a little deeper, I decided to see how many errors it was throwing up, as well as how much data it was actually sending and receiving.

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3 errors?! That's what it was constantly complaining about?! I literally received about 400 auto email alerts about this particular port since I've set up my network in my new home. Also, perhaps more shocking. 254 Megabytes of traffic a month, for a smart light bridge? Get you shit together Phillips!

I ended up moving the Hue bridge to it's own VLAN and so far, it's been behaving without errors and still whoring all the bandwidth.

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That's where I'll end it. If anyone is curious how to set up a VLAN with proper VLAN tagging for their Hue to interface with a Sonicwall appliance I could whip something up, but that's probably out of the scope of this...tutorial? Rant? WTF is Phillips doing essay? I'm not sure how many others run "proper" home networks with a NAS, DNS server, VPN endpoints, firewall appliances, VM's..etc etc or it I'd be wasting a great deal of time in preparing it. :P

So yeah, that's pretty much it. TL;DR, Hue uses a wack ton of data for what it is, and lives happiest on its own VLAN.

PSA: Newegg has a 24 hour only sale

Yesterday, 01:37 PM

They beat a patent troll, so they're passing the savings on to ...us?

http://www.newegg.co...aleStore/ID-185

Nothing really for me, but I thought I'd share for those who may not know.

If I didn't already own a wack ton of these for my home server, I'd jump on a few more. http://www.newegg.co...912&ignorebbr=1

This might make for a nice Steam SSD: http://www.newegg.co...764&ignorebbr=1

AMD says no proprietary tech in AMD Gaming Evolved, Star Wars

26 July 2015 - 05:05 PM

https://twitter.com/...eworks?src=hash

Also remember, this exists.
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Lets talk about desks

25 July 2015 - 07:39 PM

I...need more room than what I currently have (cheap-o Target solution) because my workload is changing quite substantially.

Basically, I'm going to have to have room for a 34" 21:9 as the "main display" and then probably at least another 27" or preferably 2, 24" screens (portrait) for a new..adventure I'm taking on.

Now, my office/workspace is tucked into a little alcove out of everyones way in back the corner in my basement. It's wonderful. Anyway, I have about 80" of length, and about 30" of depth to play with. I could get more depth, but the desk would stick out and look fucking stupid.

All desk ideas are appreciated.

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from prison

25 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

http://www.businessi...ape-rout-2015-7
and
http://www.businessi...7#ixzz3g4EEaw6b

Pretty god damn elaborate escape. I'm impressed.